Definition of "Ageing"

gobbi sebastiao gobbi at
Wed Feb 23 15:21:19 EST 1994

Personally, I like the definition expressed by King (1988) : Aging is 
defined as a genetic physiological process associated with morphological 
and functional changes in cellular and extracellular components 
aggravated by injury troughout life and resulting in a progressive 
imbalance of the control regulatory systems of the organism, including 
hormonal, autocrine, neuroendocrine and immune homeostatic mechanisms.

King, D.W. (1988) Pathology and aging. In: Kent, B. & Butler, R. (Eds), 
Human Aging Research : concepts and techniques, pp.325 - 340, New York, 
NY: Raven Press.

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